Posts Tagged ‘ Freedom ’

Good Lord, I’m In Agreement With The Howard League For Penal Reform!

September 30, 2012 12 Comments
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Thousands of ex-offenders are to be targeted in a national drive to add their profiles to the police DNA database in an attempt to solve hundreds of crimes. Yes, you read that right – ‘ex-offenders’. And how can they do this? Simples! Forces are using powers under the Crime and Security Act 2010, which became law last year. The aim is to gather DNA profiles from criminals who were convicted…

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The Guardian: Concerned About Teachers’ Employment, Not About Children’s Education…

September 15, 2012 2 Comments
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Francis Gilbert on the Free Schools policy: The free schools policy is the most ideological of all the coalition’s policies. Trumpeted in the Conservative manifesto, it was one of Michael Gove’s first projects as education secretary. His vision was that thousands of schools set up by parents, private companies and faith groups would spring up in direct opposition to their state-run counterparts – as they did when a similar policy…

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Extra-Judicial Punishment..?

June 28, 2012 4 Comments
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… the issue has been a talking point at the area’s neighbourhood watch meetings at the Starting Gate pub, in Candle Meadow, Colwick. Tony McCarthy, general manager at the pub, said: “There is a lot of joking about what goes off in the woods (Ed: Oo-er!), but there are a lot of people who want it stamped out. “My biggest concern is that you have young families walking around the…

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Be scanned or be banned

February 7, 2012 26 Comments
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Be scanned or be banned

Rage warning – the article that prompted this post provoked one of the Angry Exile’s periodic descents into red mists, from where only the sound of his his almost incessant swearing could be heard. This post therefore contains greater than usual quantities of foul invective and horrible oaths. Oh, great. PASSENGERS at airports across Australia will be forced to undergo full-body scans or be banned from flying under new laws…

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We Are All Muslims Today, Sisters!

February 4, 2012 4 Comments
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Aisha Gill tries desperately to wriggle out of the (totally unexpected) conclusions from the Shafia murder case: On Sunday a Canadian court found three members of an Afghan family, the father, mother and son, guilty of killing three teenage sisters and another woman. The judge described the crimes as “cold-blooded, shameful murders” resulting from a “twisted concept of honour”. The prosecution argued that for father Mohammad Shafia, honour was everything…

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More Collective Punishment!

December 24, 2011 5 Comments
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There have been calls to enforce a ban on keeping dogs in high-rise flats in the wake of a pet mauling five people in a Leith tower block. That’ll be this case, where the first cops on the scene cowered behind a dustbin (I’m only surprised Inspector Gadget didn’t leap on it as yet another reason why all front-line officers should be armed). And, of course, since the problem is…

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How Many Nudists Frolic With A Hoe…

September 17, 2011 Comments Off
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…in an English country garden? Well, at least one: A keen naturist who loves gardening in the nude will stand trial for ‘outraging public decency’ after neighbours complained about seeing him naked. Well, stop looking! It is, after all, his garden. The practising nudist insists that he only strips off when he knows his near neighbours are away - and does not commit ‘indecent’ acts while naked in his garden.…

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I Must Get My Eyes Tested…

September 4, 2011 22 Comments
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…because only two of the children in this story photo (the two on the left) look even remotely ‘obese’: ‘They picked on us because of our size to start with and they just haven’t let go, despite the fact we’ve done everything to lose weight and meet their demands. We’re going to fight this to the bitter end. It feels like even prisoners have more human rights than we do.’…

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Whew! Thank Goodness This Doesn’t Happen Here!

August 7, 2011 5 Comments
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Images from the park show groups of young people carrying colourful water guns and having fun soaking each other in the 40C heat, according to Radio Free Europe. But when images of the event were posted online they upset the nation’s conservatives. One conservative MP said the event was shameful and could spread “corruption”. Shortly later, the city’s police chief Hossein Sajedina said some of those involved had been arrested.…

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Good Fences Make Good Neighbours..?

August 5, 2011 10 Comments
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A Rossendale primary school has become the subject of a public inquiry five years after blocking off its playing fields which were used as a village green. Wow, imaging the OUTRAGE! from the usual suspects if a local businessman had tried this! Bosses at Helmshore Primary School erected a two-metre high fence around the perimeter of the school’s playing fields after having problems with dog mess and broken glass.The fence…

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It’s A Wonderful Day For Going To The Local Park…

July 26, 2011 9 Comments
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…and sitting very, very still, in silence, and not doing anything that might cause ‘a nuisance’ at any time, to anyone: Metal detectors, model aeroplanes and golf could be banned under plans to enforce killjoy bylaws aimed at stamping out antisocial behaviour. They seem more aimed at stamping out enjoyment of anything, frankly. Visitors to Wick Country Park, Tresco Way, Wickford, would also be prevented from flying kites in a…

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A One-Way Conversation…

June 13, 2011 10 Comments
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Zohra Moosa (women’s rights adviser at ActionAid UK) in CiF: There was a great turn-out last night at the pro-choice meeting that Jess McCabe and Sunny Hundal organised. The discussion was wide-ranging, with some excellent speaking from Diane Abbott MP, Abortion Rights and Education for Choice. One of the topics I raised and I’d like to explore further is the ethical – and political – case for women’s access to…

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Still Think The DNA Database Is A Good Idea?*

June 10, 2011 20 Comments
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A carpenter called to fix a door broken by a burglar was arrested by bungling police – after he left his DNA at the scene as he did his job. /facepalm A forensic team found Mr Gaspard’s blood at the house after he cut himself while fixing the door in Hove. And, because his DNA was presumably on file for another unrelated issue, plod sticks the data in, computer spits…

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The Market Will Provide…

May 20, 2011 6 Comments
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For most slimmers a visit to the local takeaway is an absolute no-no. But not if you live in Padiham, where a chippy has started serving up dishes for dieters alongside fish and chips. What?! Is this some new council scheme like the salt-snatchers? It seems not: Three members of staff at the Pendle Street fish and chip shop decided to start offering the meals after joining their local Slimming…

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I used to be able to…….

May 18, 2011 3 Comments
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Third post, I thought I should attempt to write something relevant to the Site title, and; no it isn’t about getting older and not being able to do a back flip, it is a touch more serious. Being a Daft Old Fart I have seen many changes- almost no cars-millions of cars, B/W TV-Colour TV, digital TV, cable, satellite, , no computers, then the Sinclair ZX, Commodore 16/64, the Amstrad…

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